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Losing another cousin.

Genealogy is all fun and games until you start losing the people you've met while climbing the family tree.

A recently found second cousin on my dad's mom's side has just gone into hospice. I spoke with him earlier this year on the phone when he told me about his Agent Orange cancer. The docs gave him a year to four remaining. He's a veteran of the Vietnam War, a Chaplin. He recently retired and now this is his reward?

I assume many of you have read or heard about the movie theater shooting in Aurora CO last night.

Horrible, horrible, horrible. Other words could describe it but that's all I can come up with; it is so beyond belief.

I have read some of the early news reports on it and am dumbfounded that both political party pundits, elected officials and church leaders are trying to blame this on each other's beliefs. While I might not share the beliefs of one or the other or even any, making this into a political/religious football is beyond ridiculous.

A blank mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Staring with a blank mind at a blank page you either have to write on or draw on is a depressing thing. Maybe that's what makes the results so awesome. Many great artists were and are depressives; mostly bipolar. But enough of this depressing talk. Let's get our hypomania on.

I don't know if I start a significant number of my posts with I haven't been around much, but I'm starting this one with that.

I haven't been around for awhile to write. That doesn't mean that I don't work on this site a lot. This site is undergoing a redesign and it takes up most of my time in terms of being on the site writing and posting.

If you are wondering why you can't leave comments on the blog articles now, there is a reason.

Mainly, I am having a tough time finding a commenting system that will work with my blog posts the way I want it too. I'm looking into a few products and when I find something that works I'll reinstate the commenting function. I like to read what you have to say about my posts.

So there you have it.

I haven't forgotten you, my loyal readers.

Just been busy. Will be back soon.